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Plan B - Meet us at the Newark & Notts Country Show
This is our first show outing of the season and we were very disappointed that the Chatsworth International Horse Trials were cancelled this weekend, due to recent heavy rain making the course too dangerous. Badminton Horse Trials had also been cancelled, a couple of weeks earlier by flooding. Unfortunately the opportunity to see many of the Olympic horses in competition on our own turf has sadly been denied us.
However, we have rapidly implemented Plan B, which redirected our show team to the Newark & Notts. Country Show at their wonderful, purpose-made 120 acre showground just north-east of Newark. The show is on this weekend, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May, and should prove to be great success, especially as the damn weather is NOW likely to be quite fine and bright - don't you just love the British weather? But hey, that's why we sell Country Attire!!!
At Country Attire it’s quite an operation getting ready for a show, and our logistics team have been working very hard getting our immense new show trailer ready. This huge, purpose-built truck carries everything we need to build and stock our stand for a three day show. It is bigger than a double-decker bus and, even without its tractor unit, is 43 feet long (13.05M), stands 14 feet tall (4.165M) and is just about the biggest articulated vehicle you are likely to see on British roads. Inside it has two floors designed to take hundreds of Hunter boots, plus racks and racks of Barbour, Partridge and Liberty Freedom jackets, quilts, coats and accessories. Up front is staff accommodation, generator, satellite communication and security centre which allows us to be as efficient at a country show as we are back at our headquarters.
But our truck really needs to be enormous as today our show stand is 60 feet wide (18M) by 20 feet deep (6M) and we will be serving several thousand customers at every one of the major national shows we attend. But please don't be daunted by this - WE WANT TO MEET YOU, so do feel welcome to come on the stand and browse at your leisure. Our staff will be courteous and discreet and won't bother you unless you need their expert product knowledge and advice. After all, as the world's biggest combined stockist of Barbour and Hunter products, these guys really know the products and, from the vast range available, find you that special jacket or pair of boots of which you might not be aware. We would love to see you!
And of course these country shows and events are a great day out and the organisers make a great effort to have something for everyone. Bring the family and, in this fantastic Royal Jubilee Year, enjoy a very special series of essentially British occasions.
This year we will be at six shows, starting at The Newark & Notts Country Show
so put these dates in your diary…
Click on the RED EVENT NAMES below to go straight to the official show websites...
Chatsworth International Horse Trials May Fri 11th – Sun 13th Chatsworth Estate, near Baslow, Derbyshire.
NEW ADDITION THIS WEEKEND...
May Sat 12th – Sun 13th The Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY .
May Fri 26th – Sat 27th Stockeld Park, Wetherby, Yorkshire.
July Tues 10th – Thurs 12th Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, Yorkshire.
July Fri 20th – Sun 22nd Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire
August Fri 31st – Sun 2nd Sept, Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire.
September Sat 15th – Sun 16th Weston Park Shropshire.
These are all great shows and our customer service staff are always keen to get out of the office for a few days and, as we are predominantly online internet retailers, actually meet real customers ‘in the flesh’. It’s a nice change for them to get back to basics in a fairly normal retail environment, albeit at some of the most beautiful country house estates in England. They readily volunteer to be included, but of course we have to leave a substantial team back at the office to deal with the continuous internet sales from all over the world, but we try and arrange for everyone to get an opportunity to get to at least one of the shows. We find that it helps our online staff to gain experience with real live customers once in a while, and they usually come back saying how much they enjoyed the experience. The customers we meet at these shows seem to be pleased with what we do, as we get a lot of complimentary feedback on how well they were treated and how knowledgeable the staff were about the vast range of countrywear products we have on offer.
There are lots of NEW products to see at our shows this year, (plus of course all the traditional country favourites you have come to expect from us), and here are a few highlights…
There are lots of new items in our special BRITISH GOLD section which celebrate both the Jubilee and the Olympics this year with dozens of boots, bags, jackets and accessories with patriotic Union Jack themes and also Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic inspired items too.
Hope to see you at The Newark & Notts Show this weekend.